Jazz with Bob Perkins

Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 pm; Sunday 9 am to 1 pm

Lovingly known as “BP with the GM” (Bob Perkins with the Good Music), BP brings you that good music just in time for dinner during your work week, and keeps your Sunday brunch swinging. His selections are like a familiar hug from Jazz Land featuring your favorite standards and vocalists such as Sarah, Ella, and Nat, some Big Band legends including the Duke and the Count, and the giants of the instrumentals like Lee Morgan, Hank Crawford, Miles, and Coltrane. Take a listen to "Ol' BP" as he calls himself...you'll be back again and again.

Take a look at this photo album of Mr. Perkins through the years.

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Playlist

May 09, 2013

6:06 PM
Maiden Voyage
Artist : Herbie Hancock
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
6:12 PM
Ceora
Artist : Lee Morgan
Album : Best Of Lee Morgan
Label : Blue Note
6:22 PM
When Lights Are Low
Artist : Scott Hamilton
Album : Jazz Signatures
Label : Concord
6:28 PM
How Insensitive
Artist : Wes Montgomery
Album : Best Of Wes Montgomery
Label : Verve
6:32 PM
Bags Groove
Artist : Ray Brown
Album : Some Of My Best Friedns Are Trumpet Players
Label : Telarc
6:39 PM
FlyMe To The Moon
Artist : Gloria Lynne
Album : After Hours
Label : Colletables
6:45 PM
Lotus Blossom
Artist : Ted Rosenthal
Album : Out Of This World
Label : Going For Spins
6:51 PM
Favors
Artist : Stephane Grappelli
Album : Uptown Dance
Label : Columbia
7:00 PM
Old Cowhand
Artist : Sonny Rollins
Album : Way Out West
Label : Contemporary
7:07 PM
Meet Me At No Particular Place
Artist : Judith Kaye
Album : Just About Everything
Label : Tasty
7:10 PM
Love You Madly
Artist : Duke Ellington
Album : Duke's Big Four
Label : Pablo
7:22 PM
Let’s Face The Music And Dance
Artist : Jackie McLean
Album : Blue Berlin
Label : Blue Note
7:27 PM
Hello My Baby
Artist : Cat Connor
Album : Cat Tales
Label : Cat Connor
7:32 PM
Isfahan
Artist : Warren Vache-John Di Martino
Album : Impromptu
Label : Kilamanjaro
7:39 PM
Along Came Betty
Artist : Cedar Walton
Album : Bambino
Label : Evidence
7:46 PM
Days Of Wine And Roses
Artist : Stanley Turrentine
Album : A Bluish Bag
Label : Blue Note
7:52 PM
I’ll Remember April
Artist : Michael O’Neill
Album : Still Dancing
Label : Jazzmo
8:09 PM
Christo Redentor
Artist : Donasld Byrd
Album : Best Of Blue Note
Label : Blue Note
8:16 PM
Road Song
Artist : Jimmy Smith-Wes Montgomery
Album : The Dynamic Duo
Label : Verve
8:22 PM
A Time For Love
Artist : Diane Schuur
Album : Timeless
Label : GRP
8:30 PM
Yesterdays
Artist : SamMost
Album : Organic Flute
Label : Sam Most
8:34 PM
WhenDid You Leave Heaven
Artist : Jimmy Scott
Album : The Savoy Story
Label : Savoy
8:41 PM
You Leave Me Breathless
Artist : Rolf Ericson
Album : Rolf Ericson And The Metropole Orchestra
Label : Four Leaf
8:45 PM
When Sonny Gets Blue
Artist : Sarah Vasughan
Album : Very Best Of Sarah Vaughan
Label : cOLLECTABLES
8:50 PM
Speak Soflty Love
Artist : Joey De Francesco
Album : Goodfellas
Label : Concord
8:55 PM
Fathead
Artist : Ray Charles
Album : Ray Charles Plays Blues And Jazz
Label : Collectbles

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Jazz Holiday Highlights
1:49 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Have Yourself A Merry Little Jazz Christmas on WRTI

Join your favorite jazz hosts for their favorite holiday jazz tunes! On Christmas Eve from 6 to 9 pm, and on Christmas Night, from 6 pm to midnight, they'll each bring you the best in seasonal jazz.

WRTI Picks from NPR Music
2:09 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Fresh Air Remembers Jazz Guitarist Jim Hall

Jim Hall performs at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
Adam Kissick for NPR

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 7:57 pm

Jazz guitarist, composer and arranger Jim Hall died in his sleep Tuesday; he was 83. Hall was known for a subtle, lyrical playing style, a gift for innovation and collaborations with a host of talented musicians in a career that stretched more than seven decades.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
1:19 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald's Early Years Collected In A Chick Webb Box Set

Ella Fitzgerald sings with bandleader Chick Webb in Asbury Park, N.J., in 1938.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 9:44 am

Drummer Chick Webb's 1930s orchestra terrorized competitors in band battles and sent dancers into orbit at Harlem's Savoy Ballroom. They could be similarly explosive on record, but only rarely. Early on, they did have some hot Edgar Sampson arrangements that Benny Goodman would soon turn into hits, like "Blue Lou" and "Don't Be That Way." But the Webb band also had an old-school crooner, Charles Linton, with pre-jazz-age enunciation.

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Happy 80th Birthday BP!
5:49 am
Fri December 6, 2013

A Photo Album of Bob Perkins Through The Years

Bob Perkins' first radio gig at WGPR-FM in Detroit, 1964

Mr. Bob Perkins, WRTI jazz host extraordinaire, turns 80 years old today. And for 50 of those years he's been on the radio to the delight of thousands and thousands of listeners. Happy Birthday BP! We love your GM...and you!

Do you have any anecdotes about BP you'd like to share? Any birthday wishes? Please let Bob know in the comments section below. Thanks!

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WRTI Spotlight
12:30 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Thanksgivukkah on WRTI!

Celebrate Thanksgiving and Hanukkah with your favorite radio station. We've got the music for the perfect holiday weekend!

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From ICON Magazine
3:19 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Bob Perkins Tells The Tommy Potter Story

Jazz bassist Tommy Potter with Charlie Byrd in NYC in the late 1940s.

Tommy Potter’s name wouldn’t get much attention in jazz circles these days...unless the gathering were comprised of musicians and jazz fans with high-mileage on their odometers. But there was a time when the mention of his name brought smiles and nods of recognition, along with enthusiastic approval.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
11:08 am
Mon November 11, 2013

No Need To Cook The Books: Booker Ervin's Debut LP Reissued

Booker Ervin on the cover of The Book Cooks, his debut album.
Courtesy of Bethlehem Records

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 1:42 pm

Tenor saxophonist Booker Ervin came to New York in 1958. Pianist Horace Parlan heard him and invited Ervin to sit in one night with a band he worked in. That's how Ervin got hired by bassist Charles Mingus, who featured him on albums like Blues and Roots and Mingus Ah Um.

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
5:00 pm
Sat November 9, 2013

Can I Kick It? Organ Master Lonnie Smith Can

Dr. Lonnie Smith's In the Beginning, a new album that reimagines the artist's older, out-of-print work, is out now.
Susan Stocker Courtesy of the artist

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WRTI Picks from NPR Music
6:44 am
Sat October 19, 2013

The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 7:40 am

Charlie "Bird" Parker was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.

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Gloria Lynne Remembered
5:33 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

BP Remembers The Glorious Jazz Vocalist Gloria Lynne

Gloria Lynne

A true jazz legend - vocalist Gloria Lynne - passed away on October 15th in Newark, New Jersey of a heart attack. She was 81.

Bob Perkins recalls how Philadelphians loved Gloria Lynne, even though she was a New Yorker, and celebrated her talent. Listen to BP's recollections of a multi-talented chanteuse, best known for her signature song, "I Wish You Love."

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